Beach Boys

Mandalay Beach, Sept. 3

The beach balls were bouncing high as the current incarnation of the Beach Boys played one classic hit after another. John Stamos (of Full House fame) was just one of the guys onstage—playing guitar, drums and singing, his vocals blending nicely into those famous harmonies. He thanked the band’s original lineup and then sang lead on “Forever.”

The band consisted of original member Mike Love and longtime member Bruce Johnston, along with six supporting musicians who rounded out their sound. Guitarist/musical director Scott Totten exhibited some nice guitar work on the “Ballad of Ole’ Betsy,” an ode to Love’s 1949 Chevy. (Love joked that he doesn’t love it as much as his new Bentley.)

The band cracked “Yo Momma” jokes at each other. And Love played the trump card with the ultimate joke about Uncle Jesse’s Full House-era mullet.

“God Only Knows” was dedicated to the late Carl Wilson as the band wrapped up the set with “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls,” “Surfin’ USA” and “Kokomo,” which featured Stamos on the congas accompanied by a sexy dancer. The Beach Boys got us there fast and then took it slow. – Jack Halloween



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